Review On DEAR EVAN HANSEN


Tin Pan L.A.

Registered Critic


‘DEAR EVAN HANSEN' A BEACON OF HOPE FOR A WORLD THAT NEEDS IT

I remember when the now, six Tony-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen, first appeared on my radar when it inconspicuously opened Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre in 2016. Within a short time, the musical started creating a profound buzz followed by a winning a profusion of theatre awards. Then just the next year the musical was on Broadway and the rest is history. As a native of the West Coast this musical was experienced in a second-hand fashion from watching clips on YouTube, listening to the soundtrack and even reading the playscript once it was released, but this did not do the musical justice.

Ryan Luévano is a professional music director, composer, musicologist and music educator. Ryan is an experienced music director and conductor for musical theater, opera, film and concert music. Past productions include: Experience Magic!, Annie, The Sound of Music, Into the Woods, Chess, The Pajama Game, Bells Are Ringing, and Funny Girl. Additionally, he works as a professor of music at Woodbury University and Santa Ana College. When he’s not producing shows he pens as a theater critic for his blog Tin Pan L.A. where you can read all about the L.A. theater scene.